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Elk’s BBQ Cook Off to support Children’s Christmas Program

Jeri Borst

Contestants are being sought for the Elks Lodge BBQ Cook Off, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 12.

“Looks like nice fall weather coming in just in time for the BBQ Cookoff,” Cheryl Higgins, lodge secretary, said.

“Get your teams together, get a theme and come enjoy the competition. You do not have to be on a team to enter the sides competition, so bring it on!”

In addition to meat categories of pork ribs, chicken leg quarters, and pulled pork, there will also be a sides category.

The elks said there will be big trophies for the best BBQ.

To cook meat, teams must be registered by 6 a.m. the day of the event and individuals entering side dishes should have dishes on site by 3:30 p.m.

Meat will be given to teams in the morning and judging will be at 4 p.m.

Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Mike Burnett said in addition to the great food, and family fun outdoors, the Brent Frazier Band will be indoors for individuals 21 and older.

The cost to enter a meat category is $50 per team and $5 for sides.

Social distancing will be in effect at the event and servers will bring food instead of the traditional buffet style.

“Tables and seating will be scattered outside,” Burnett said. “Social distancing is hard to enforce, but it will be set up for that.”

“Last year we had in the neighbor hood of 100 people,” he continued. “Some people stay and eat; others come and go. We have a good band and I expect we should have a good turn out. Maybe 100 to 200 people.”

All proceeds benefit the Elks’ Lodge’s Children’s Christmas Program.

“We are looking to help about 600 or more children this year,” Burnett said. “With COVID, there will be a greater need than in previous years.

Contest Information

Contestants must supply all needed equipment and supplies. All fires must be contained and none are allowed on the ground. Electricity will be available. Meat will be provided by the Elks Lodge and can be picked up at the lodge at 6 a.m. Saturday.

Each head cook is responsible for having his/her entry at the judging area at the proper time. Turn in times are: Chicken, 4 p.m.; Pork Ribs, 4:30 p.m.; Pulled Pork, 5 p.m.; BBQ Side, 4:45 p.m. Any late entry will be disqualified. Each team will be responsible for the clean-up of their space. The head cook will be responsible for the conduct of their team and guests. Announcement of winners will take place at approximately 6 p.m.

If it rains, the date will be moved to the following weekend.

To enter call 479-394-3740 or stop by the lodge at 124 Elks Lane, Hwy 375E in Mena.

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